HILLARY CLINTON SELECTS TIM KAINE AS VICE PRESIDENTIAL RUNNING MATE

FIRE IN RAMONA

SIX DEAD IN SHOOTING IN MUNICH, GERMANY; POLICE "LOOKS LIKE A TERROR ATTACK"

REPUBLICAN CONVENTION DAY FOUR: TRUMP IS OFFICIALLY NOMINEE, IVANKA DEFENDS HER FATHER ON CLOSING NIGHT

REPUBLICAN CONVENTION DAY THREE: PENCE ANNOUNCES VICE PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATION, CRUZ DOESN'T ENDORSE TRUMP

TRUMP FORMALLY NOMINATED AT DAY TWO OF REPUBLICAN CONVENTION

REPUBLICAN CONVENTION DAY ONE: TRUMP VS. ANTI-TRUMP, CELEBRITIES HAVE THEIR SAY

133 ACRE BRUSH FIRE EAST OF BARONA

VIOLENCE CONTINUES IN BATON ROUGE; THREE OFFICERS DEAD, SUSPECTS STILL AT LARGE

PROTESTS ERUPT IN TURKEY AFTER MILITARY STAGES MASSIVE COUP

TERROR ON BASTILLE DAY: 70 PEOPLE AND COUNTING DEAD AS TRUCK HITS CROWD IN NICE

DREW POMERANZ TO RED SOX

HELIX SETTLES SUIT OVER EL MONTE VALLEY LAND

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 25, 2014 (Lakeside)—Helix Water District’s Board of Directors voted 4-1 on August 20th to approve a settlement agreement with El Monte Canyon LLC and its successor, El Capitan Golf Club LLC.  The settlement ends a six year dispute over plans for a water recharge project and wildlife habit in Lakeside’s El Monte Valley.  It allows for sale of the property and some sand mining at the site, as well as habitat restoration.

WARNING: HIGH SURF AND RIP TIDES FROM HURRICANE

 

August 26, 2014 (San Diego)--The National Weather Service has issued a beach hazards warning that Hurricane Marie is approaching San Diego’s coastline, where strong waves, coastal flooding and rip tide currents may occur now through Thursday night.

NAPA QUAKE A REMINDER TO BE READY

 

County News Service

August 25, 2014 (San Diego)—The middle-of-the-night 6.0 earthquake in Napa resulted in hundreds of injuries and should serve as a reminder to San Diegans that there is a lot that can be done to get ready for a major earthquake. Being prepared can make all the difference for the safety and survival of you and your family in a major disaster.

DEATHS FROM OPIATE PAIN KILLERS FELL 33.7% WHERE MEDICAL POT IS LEGAL

 

Landmark study funded by National Institute of Health yields dramatic results

By Miriam Raftery

August 26, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--Arguments in favor of medical marijuana just got a big shot in the arm.

A new study in the prestigious Journal of Internal Medicine, which is published by the Journal of the American Medical Association, has found that in 13 states where medical marijuana is legal, fatal overdoses from prescription pain medications dropped dramatically.

DEJA VU: PRELUDE TO MICHAEL BROWN AND FERGUSON, MISSOURI

 

The Lynching of Cleo Wright, by Dominic J. Capeci, Jr. (The University Press of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, 1998, 274 pages).

Book Review by Dennis Moore

August 25, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - Terry Teachout, a New York Times critic, playwright, and inveterate blogger, and I have something in common. He and I were both born in the “bootheel” of Missouri, he in Sikeston and I in Charleston – in the area of one of the most tragic and heinous lynchings in the annals of America; the lynching of Cleo Wright. We both, also have weighed in on Dominic J. Capeci’s book; The Lynching of Cleo Wright, which has been described as “a creatively conceptualized anatomy of a lynching, and “Capeci places the lynching of Cleo Wright within the context of the city of Sikeston, the state of Missouri, and the nation.” This book should also be viewed in context with the ongoing furor and debate of Ferguson, Missouri and the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white policeman.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: AUGUST 30-SEPT. 7

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 28, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – This week’s activities in East County include living history presentations complete with mountain men and cowboys.  It’s also the start of pow-wow season at Barona and football season for the Aztecs—plus we’ll tell you about an art show,  free concerts and a family movie in the park.  Plus we’ll have a preview of next week’s top events, including a popular annual tradition in East County’s wine-growing region: a grape stomp festa!

CHANGES AT SDSU WELCOME STUDENTS ON CAMPUS

 

SAN DIEGO (August 25, 2014) — San Diego State University students are welcomed back this fall with new leadership, changing buildings, accomplished returning and 54 new faculty and a multitude of new majors and classes, which will enhance the student experience.

JULIAN GRAPE STOMP FESTA SEPT. 6

 

August 25, 2014 (Julian) - On of our backcountry’s popular annual activities is to roll up your pants, bare your feet and join in an annual harvest tradition. On September 6th, the Julian Grape Stomp Festa will be held at Menghini Winery.

ISIS CAPTURES IRAQ'S LARGEST CHRISTIAN CITY: IRAQIS IN SAN DIEGO & MIDDLE EAST ISSUE WARNING FOR THE WORLD

 

"Your sufferings today are the prelude of those you, Europeans and Western Christians, will also suffer in the near future…You are in danger." -- Exiled Iraqi Archbishop Amel Shimoun Nona

By Miriam Raftery

August 25, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – Qaraqosh, the largest Christian city in Iraq (photo, left), has been overrun by Islamic State terrorists (formerly known as ISIS, the Islamic Sate of Iraq and Syria), CNN reports.

Sean Malone from Crisis Relief International (CRI) sent a heart-wrenching text message stating, “We lost the city of Queragosh (Qaraqosh). It fell to ISIS and they are beheading children systematically.”

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: SHE'S A STAR!

 

August 25, 2014 (Campo)--Campo resident Tee Waidler sent in this photo of her 4 ½ year old daughter, Estrella posing in a red dress and heels back on the 4th of July.  Estrella means “star”, and she certainly shines as she shows off her patriotic spirit!

BORDER CHILDREN: LA MESA CHURCH FORUM HIGHLIGHTS PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS

 

Hear audio excerpts from Morones' presentation from our East County Magazine radio show originally aired on KNSJ 89.1 FM:  http://www.kiwi6.com/uploads/new

By Miriam Raftery

August 24, 2014 (La Mesa)--Parishioners and guests at the United Church of Christ in La Mesa lined up to purchase T-shirts proclaiming “Love has no borders,” after hearing an impassioned presentation on the plight of border children August 17th.

Wearing a “Save the Children” tie, pediatrician Dr. Richard Short introduced guest speaker Enrique Morones, founder of Border Angels (www.borderangels.com) .  The church congregation has committed to support Border Angels’ efforts to aid immigrant children and families fleeing violence and poverty in Central America.  Over 60,000 have flocked to America seeking asylum here, including families and children placed in detention centers here in San Diego County.

“Everybody looks to the president or the mayor. But what can we do?” Morones asked.  He emphasized that the Central American refugees are fleeing to numerous nations, not only the United States.

SWING YOUR PARTNER: SQUARE DANCE CLASS STARTS SEPT. 16 IN EL CAJON

 

August 25, 2014 (El Cajon)- You're invited to exercise mind and body while learning basic square dance moves. Partners or fancy attire are not necessary. The class is open to families, couples, singles, children (ages 12 and older), and adults. The eight-week class begins on Tuesday, September

16, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Bostonia Recreation Center, 1049 Bostonia Ave. in El Cajon.

READER'S EDITORIAL: POLICE RESPONSE IN FERGUSON ROOTED IN SYSTEMIC VIOLENCE AND MILITARISM

 

By Brian J. Trautman

August 25, 2014 (Ferguson, Missouri)--The police response to public protests in Ferguson, Missouri in the wake of the deadly August 9 shooting of Michael Brown, Jr., an unarmed eighteen-year-old black man killed by a white police officer, was a prime illustration of the hyper-aggressive nature of policing in America today. The residents of Ferguson fed up with hostile and abusive police behavior continue to flood the streets to demand justice for Mike Brown and other victims of police brutality. They have been joined in solidarity by people of conscience in other cities (e.g., Oakland, NYC). Their anger and frustration was exacerbated by the heavy-handed tactics used against the mostly peaceful protestors in Ferguson during the first week or so of the demonstrations – tear gas, rubber bullets, smoke, deafening sirens as well as assault rifles fixed on protestors were some of the violent methods employed by law enforcement. In addition, a mandatory curfew imposed by the Missouri governor, verbal threats of physical harm from police, and arrests of journalists, among other ill-advised and counterproductive reactions, only escalated the tensions between protestors and police.

PETITION GATHERERS ACCUSED OF MISLEADING VOTERS IN EFFORT TO OVERTURN CITY'S MINIMUM WAGE

 

August 24, 2014 (San Diego)—Last week, San Diego’s City Council voted to over-ride the mayor’s veto of a minimum wage increase.  That means the increase will take effect, giving raises to low-wage workers throughout the city as well as sick days to all workers citywide.

ISIS-LINKED BOMB THREAT AGAINST SONY EXECUTIVE DIVERTS SAN DIEGO-BOUND PLANE

 

 

Group ties take-down of Sony game network to U.S. bombing in Iraq

By Miriam Raftery

August 24, 2014 (San Diego)—American Airlines diverted its flight 362 from Dallas to San Diego, landing in Phoenix after a group claiming ties to the terrorist group ISIS tweeted a threat stating explosives were on board. 

The tweet from the group calling itself Lizard Squad referenced Sony Online Entertainment President John Smedley, who was on board.  Earlier today, Lizard Squad hackers reportedly took down Sony Playstation’s network after tweeting that the group had planted the ISIS flag on Sony’s servers. 

The tweet was sent with the hashtag #ISIS #jihad.

OUTLIERS COLLECTIVE: FLYING SOLO AT GILLESPIE FIELD

 

 

By Leon Thompson

August 24, 2014 (El Cajon)—Outliers Collective (www.outco.com) the only marijuana dispensary licensed by the County of San Diego, held its open house on August 2nd, one month after opening its doors to provide medical cannabis to patients who bring a doctor’s recommendation.  

The open house at the new facility near Gillespie Field at 8157 Wing Avenue in El Cajon was a great success, in spite of the rain. Patients came from as far away as Oceanside.  A couple from Imperial Beach said they read about the grand opening in East County Magazine and were happy to know there was at least one dispensary in San Diego that is licensed by the County.  “I’m 66 years old and smoked pot for the first time when I was 16,” the coastal resident said, “So today for the first time in 50 years I am buying marijuana legally.”

KALASHO CALLS FOR NEW PROVINCE TO BE FORMED IN IRAQ AS SAFE HAVEN FOR PERSECUTED CHALDEANS AND OTHER MINORITIES

 

By Nadin Abbott, Reporting San Diego

Reporting San Diego sat down on August 22 in Santee with Ben Kalasho, a leader in the Chaldean community, to discuss genocide in Iraq. Excerpts below are reprinted with permission.

Aug. 24, 2014 (Santee)--“All those people who you see on the mountain side on Sinjar, sleeping on what seems to be the front of churches, those people were homeowners, they owned vehicles, they had jobs or owned businesses and are now homeless,” said Ben Kalasho, a leader in the Chaldean community and President of the East County Chaldean-American Chamber of Commerce.

According to Kalasho,600,000 people are internally displaced in Iraq. This is an almost incomprehensible number, but we cannot turn away from it.

Our leaders, starting with the President, have mentioned the Yazidis, who are an ancient people that precede Islam and Christianity in Iraq. But the plight of other minorities, including Christian Chaldeans, Siriacs and others has not drawn the same level of national media attention.

ALL ABOARD: PUMPKIN EXPRESS RUNS IN OCTOBER TO THE GREAT PUMPKIN PATCH

 

August 23, 2014 (Campo)—The Pumpkin Express train ride will be running once again this fall to the Great Pumpkin Patch. The train departs from the historic Campo Depot at the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum and includes a “Haunted Train” tour.   The one-hour train ride departs three times daily on October 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26, with departures at 10 a.m, 12:15 p.m and 2:30 p.m.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: HOW TO RUIN A GOOD SUNRISE PHOTO OPPORTUNITY IN OCOTILLO

 

August 23, 2014 (Ocotillo)--Photographer Jim Pelley’s home is now surrounded on three sides by the Ocotillo wind facility built on public lands, despite promises when he purchased his home that the views would be protected forever.  He sent in these images to vent his frustration over the despoiled views of nature that drew him to this desert community.

CUYAMACA RANCHO STATE PARK PLAN CALLS FOR REMOVING 674 ACRES FROM WILDERNESS DESIGNATION

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 23, 2014 (Cuyamaca) – California State Parks is proposing to remove 672 acres of wilderness designation in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. (View map of proposed changes.) A preliminary general plan and draft environmental impact report (EIR) for the park is now available for public review.   The 45 day public review period opened August 21 and closes October 6, 2014.

STATE DISASTER DECLARED AFTER MAJOR QUAKE HITS NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

 

 

At least 87 injured; wineries and historic district hit hard in Napa

By Miriam Raftery

August 24, 2014 (Napa Valley) – Governor Brown has declared a state of emergency in Napa, Sonoma and  Solano counties after a 6.0 earthquake hit just south of Napa in Northern California at 3:20 a.m., causing major damage in California’s famed winemaking region and other communities.

At least 87 people have been hospitalized, including a young girl critically injured in a fireplace collapse, CNN reports

"HANDS UP, DON'T SHOOT:" DAY OF RAGE COMES TO SAN DIEGO

 

By Nadin Abbott

August 22, 2014 (San Diego)--Members of the community, including a coalition of Occupy groups, came to Balboa Park for an evening in support of people in Ferguson, Missouri after the police shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown there prompted outrage nationwide.

ASK THE RETIREMENT CONCIERGE: SCARED SPITLESS ON THE ROAD

By Sharon Ann Hamilton

August 23, 2014 (San Diego)--Dear Retirement Concierge,

My 16-year-old just took his solo voyage as a driver. Since I saw him learning to drive I am nervous at best when he is out there alone without a parent to guide him. At the same time my parents-in-law AND my parents are creeping into their late eighties and I notice a few dents in their cars; they all drive! That brings the tally to five people now on the road with questionable driving skills. I think I’ll be using public transportation for the next few years! What practical ideas do you have for these situations?

Signed: Scared Spitless On the Roads

MEETINGS SET FOR INPUT ON TRAILS AT NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

 

August 22, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – The San Diego National Wildlife Refuge invites the public to meetings in Spring Valley, Bonita and El Cajon to discuss a draft comprehensive conservation plan and the impact on trail users.  The meetings are set for August 25, August 26, and September 10, all from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the locations listed below.  Comments are accepted through September 17.  For more information see: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/San_Diego/what_we_do/planning.html

SWEETWATER VILLAGE PROPOSES LARGER PARK; PROJECT ON AGENDA SEPT. 23 IN SPRING VALLEY

 

Update: This item has been postponed.

August 23, 2014 (Spring Valley) – The developer of the proposed Sweetwater Village housing development on the former Evergreen Nursery site have requested to be added to the agenda for the Spring Valley Community Planning Group’s meeting on September 23rd. The meeting will be held at 2850 Via Orange Way in the San Miguel Fire headquarters at 7 p.m.

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